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Nicole Tse

Historical And Philosophical Studies
Museum and non museum environments
Tropical climates
science & technology
physical sciences
arts & humanities
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Nicole Tse

Primary Interest
The cultural record and managing change in the Asia Pacific
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Nicole Tse


I am part of the research and teaching team at the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne. My research has focused on the development and support of regionally relevant conservation approaches for works of art in tropical Southeast Asia, under the auspices of APTCCARN (Asia Pacific Tropical Climate Conservation Art Research Network,

In 2017, I was an IIAS Affiliated Fellow at the University of Leiden, Netherlands (Sept-Nov 2017), and co-convened a meeting on ‘Natural disasters and cultural heritage in the Philippines: Knowledge sharing, decision making and conservation’, Tagbilaran City and Towns on the island of Bohol, the Philippines with National Museum of the Philippines (NMP), Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA) ( With a strong commitment to cultural materials conservation in tropical climates, I am a co-founding member of APTCCARN and have co-convened four international meetings in Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines since 2009, with a membership growing to over 100 members drawn from institutions across the Asia Pacific and active collaborations.

Since 2013, I have been the Chief Editor of the AICCM Bulletin, the Australia Institute for Cultural Materials Conservation’s peer reviewed journal published by Routledge Taylor and Francis. In the recent 10 years I have 38 publications: 16 journal articles (10 peer reviewed), 10 conference proceedings (8 peer reviewed), 5 book chapters (5 peer reviewed), and 7 editorials (and a further 10 papers in submission in peer reviewed outlets). In 2016 I was awarded the AICCM Conservator of the Year, and in 2015 the AICCM Award for an ‘Outstanding Service to cultural materials research’ (with R Sloggett and role in the ARC Linkage Proposal ‘The Twentieth Century in paint’).

Since 1999, I have had a strong and ongoing commitment to the culture and materials conservation profession, particularly in the Asia Pacific region as protocols for the conservation of our cultural record are largely derived from research undertaken in the Northern Hemisphere. My research aims to develop regionally relevant conservation solutions based on the unique materials and techniques identified in works of art in Southeast Asia, their deterioration mechanisms according to tropical climatic conditions, and diverse values, authorship and capacity in the region, with a number of PhD and minor thesis supervisions in this area. I completed an Australian Endeavour Executive Award in 2014 at the National Museum of the Philippines, Australian Research Council Postdoctorate Fellowship investigating ‘The Twentieth Century in Paint’ and earlier a PhD focusing on ‘The Characterisation of Oil Paintings in Tropical Southeast Asia’ with collaborating partners in Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore. Documentation and non –invasive investigation of cultural materials has been a key to this research with the development of user friendly instrumentation and tools such in situ dynamic laser speckle analysis.

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) Conservator of the Year


AICCM Research Award for Outstanding Research in the Field of Material Conservation, ARC 20th Century in Paint project (R Sloggett with N Tse).


2013 Endeavour Executive Award (DIISRTE)


ARC Post Doctorate Fellowship


Travel Grant

Ian Potter Foundation


Australia Endeavour Cheung Kong Award


Australia Postgraduate Award (Industry)

Australia Research Council


Cultural Centre of the Philippines

Asialink Arts Management Residency






Historical And Philosophical Studies


Museums Australia Green Museum Project

Research Associate

National Museum of the Philippines

Founding Member

Asia Pacific Twentieth Century Conservation Art Research Network (APTCCARN)


ICOM Committee for Conservation

Ordinary Member And Member, National Council

Australian Institute for Conservation


Doctorate of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Applied Science (Cultural Materials Conservation)

University of Canberra

Bachelor of Education (Visual Arts)

University of Melbourne